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Onondaga County has lowest daily COVID-19 case figure in months: “We have turned a corner”

By Eric Reinhardt (


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

“That’s certainly … the lowest case number we’ve had in months … certainly in 2021,” McMahon said in a briefing held at the Oncenter.

As he opened his remarks, McMahon said it’s a day “worth celebrating to a degree.”

He held the weekly briefing on Tuesday afternoon as he plans to be out of town at a conference on Thursday when he’d normally hold the briefing.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon — seen in this file photo from early April 2020 — addresses reporters during a coronavirus briefing at the Oncenter. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ file photo)

With the five new cases, Onondaga County’s COVID-19 case count now totals 37, 891 since March 2020. He also reported no additional deaths on Tuesday, so the Onondaga County COVID-19 death toll at currently stands at 710.

Onondaga County is dealing with 94 active cases. “That’s probably the lowest active case number we’ve had since the second week this all began,” McMahon noted.

In addition, 20 people are recovering from COVID-19 in a hospital, including six in an intensive-care unit.

“Overall, looking at the data … we have turned a corner,” McMahon said. “Right now, there’s probably more people in the community with an active case of a stomach bug or another ailment than COVID, and I think that’s a very good thing moving forward as we try to recover from this pandemic both personally, economically, [and] socially for our community.”  

He went on to say that Onondaga County is no longer in an emergency responding to COVID-19 “from [a] public health standpoint.” He plans to review all emergency orders on Monday, assuming the data “continues to go where it is going.” McMahon doesn’t plan to sign many of those orders moving forward.

“We may continue some of our emergency orders that specifically impact the economic situation in the community … think of outdoor dining,” he added.

McMahon also used his briefing to remind the public that Onondaga County will offer weekly vaccine clinics at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center every Tuesday beginning June 22. The county will also send its mobile teams into the county’s ZIP Codes that have produced “the least amount of success in to date” with vaccination data, McMahon said.    

“It looks like we are getting to a very good place here going into the summer. But, certainly, going into the fall and winter, we need to continue to build up that immunity,” he added.

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